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About Gurgeh

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    2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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  1. Gurgeh

    2020 Naautulis

    Joehio, Congratulations! You'll enjoy the AWD/2.7tt combo and absolutely love the adaptive cruise with lane centering during highway driving. I've taken two long road trips so far and adaptive cruse/lane centering transforms the experience.
  2. Gurgeh

    New member from Arizona

    Welcome! That sweet 2.7 twin turbo V6 paired to AWD is what makes the Nautilus (and before it, the MKX) really stand out from the competition. I got my 2.7 AWD in February, and am still looking for every excuse I can get to hit the road.
  3. Gurgeh

    22 Way Ultra Seat Design

    I never liked the 22-way seats. Found their bottom seat bolsters too tall and uncomfortable. But the standard Nautilus seats, at least with the very soft Black Label leather, I find extremely comfortable. They did make very minor changes from the standard MKX seats. The bottom bolsters are now 1/4" shorter and I believe a bit narrower, giving both more flat seating area and less pushing up against your hips. I had test driven the MKX and decided against it because of the seats. I had placed a Range Rover Velar factory order but when the Nautilus came out I figured I'd give it one more test drive and found that, for me, those minor seat changes made all the difference. I canceled the Velar order and placed a Nautilus factory order instead. But there is nothing in a vehicle that is more subjective and particular to the individual than seating comfort.
  4. Gurgeh

    Brand new - pre-owned 2017 MKX

    Congratulations! Did you get the 2.7 twin turbo engine or the 3.7 naturally aspirated one?
  5. Gurgeh

    My final week as a Lincoln owner

    Walkabout, thanks. Seats are so particular to the individual (and, like you, they were a significant focus of my car search). For instance, I did like the XC60 seats. Oddly, I found the base seats in the lowest trim the most comfortable. When I was considering the Volvo I was looking at getting the lowest trim and then tarting it up with tons of options. I could get the equivalent of a higher trim at the same cost that way, but without the nice wood inlay. The RDX seats, however, just didn't work for me. I could never get them adjusted in a way that felt comfortable and my wife hated them. For someone else I'm sure they would have worked fine, as they did seem well made, well padded, and quite adjustable. And again for me, the change from the MKX to Nautilus seats, though the change was only minor, made a huge difference. But another difference was my decision to go Black Label. That made the leather used on the seats (and elsewhere in the interior) massively softer. Again, enjoy your new ride!
  6. Gurgeh

    My final week as a Lincoln owner

    Congratulations, Walkabout. I think you'll enjoy the Volvo, as long as you are fine with a 4-cylinder. As you note, it is a bit smaller -- similar in size to the RDX and Q5. All three of those vehicles now only come in boosted 4s (except for the SQ5, which is a very different beast than the Q5). In size, Lincolns slot either a bit above those three with the Nautilus or a bit smaller with the MKC/Corsair. Sounds like you got a great price on the XC60, which otherwise would have priced similar to the Nautilus (and more than the Q5 or RDX). Hope to see you back again maybe with the Nautilus redesign in 3 years, if you are going for another lease. Happy motoring!
  7. Gurgeh

    First road trip observations

    My around town gas mileage (I'm still in the break in period too) is often similar to Shoeguy's but I find it all depends on how I want to drive it. If I keep it in D mode and baby it like a church lady I get high teens. If I keep it in S mode and really enjoy the car's fantastic torque mid-teens is all I get. I finally found the perfect solution. I toggle to the power distribution graphic on the trip computer...
  8. Gurgeh

    First road trip observations

    ...and just today I took my Nautilus for its first road trip, the three and a half hour drive from where I live in Maryland to the beach town of Chincoteague, VA. Finally got the chance to run the Naut's driver's assistance features through the paces. First off, it is a wonderfully comfortable vehicle -- smooth ride, great seats, very nice cockpit ergonomics. It also a spirited get up and go with nimble (for its size) and predictable handling. The thing that really shined was the adaptive cruise control (ACC). It is more of an advance from regular cruise control than cruise control is from traditional highway driving. I can't compare it to ACC systems used by other makers, as today was the first time I've used such a system. Once on the highway in reasonable traffic and you turn on the system there is pretty much no reason to turn it off or adjust it (unless the speed limit changes) until you arrive. With normal cruse control you are constantly fiddling it on and off or having to dial down cruise speeds as you approach slower traffic. With ACC as you approach slower traffic your car slows, keeping whatever following distance you have chosen, then speeds back up to your target speed as traffic picks up. But want to change lanes to get around the pokey driver ahead? Just turn on your left blinker and the car immediately speeds up allowing you to change lanes and get around him. There were no false positives. Never once did it fail to recognize a motorcycle or think a car in a lane next to me was actually ahead of me as the road curved. The lane centering feature works almost as well (a couple of times it got a little confused as a lane divided). But it is a lot less of a wow. It takes a good bit to get used to as well. You have to keep your hands on the wheel but let it do its think. I actually found it a little distracting, but I might just need more time to acclimate. When I drive home Monday I'll probably turn it off and just use lane keeping and see which I like better. One more thing. I really like how Lincoln has set up the steering wheel controls. Other cars I've had used controls on a dedicated steering column stalk, and while driving they are just so hard to see, figure out and use. The on/off for lane centering and the adjustment for following distance were particularly easy to use. Oh, and for the whole trip, including the first half hour on the DC beltway in congested, sometimes stop and go traffic, I averaged 29.2 mpg with the 2.7tt engine
  9. Gurgeh

    First road trip observations

    I think you'll really like the Nautilus seats. I find them much softer than the seats in an MKX loaner I had for a week while they worked to fix a factory audio problem. The seat bolsters are also a little bit lower.
  10. Gurgeh

    Alex on Autos Nautilus review

    Good point. That's the one thing in the review that bugged me. I use normal suspension/drive mode only for a long highway road trip. Otherwise I keep it in sport suspension/sport mode and find the handling nearly as responsive (less so only due to physics of its larger size and greater weight) and the throttle just quick as my old 3.0 Q5. I couldn't see myself ever putting it in comfort unless maybe I'm working my way through a construction site.
  11. As thorough, balanced and well argued as all of his reviews. https://www.alexonautos.com/2019-lincoln-nautilus-coming-out-of-the-shell/
  12. Gurgeh

    2020 Lincoln Corsair (MKC)

    True, though we now have a pretty firm idea of what the Nautilus redesign is going to be like. I'm glad to see this big improvement for the little MKC. The Corsair should sell like hotcakes (and the Aviator like breakfast sausage ... or something). But the former's too small for my needs and the latter's too big. I know that for you, Akirby, your MKX is feeling a bit small these days (compared to your truck), and you're looking at the Explorer or Aviator. Ford is designing some great trucks and SUVs these days. I'm glad I got the Nautilus; it brings joy to my drive every day. And we can expect that by a couple years from now there will be even more technology and quality of drive improvements that make their way into the redesigned just-right-sized (for me) Naut, which I plan to move into when my lease is up.
  13. Gurgeh

    Ask the Nautilus owners!

    Walkabout, I drove a lot of the redesigned Q5s as loaners in the past year or so (I had a persistent rattle in my sunroof that took 4 tries to finally fix), and there are things that I liked about the new Q5, but a few things I didn't like as much as my 2016. First, like you, I found some serious cost savings going on in the interior, typically one of Audi's strong suits. I can only assume that the multi-billion hit from dieselgate is the reason. In particular, the upper dash material is now non-tactile plastic, a real change for Audi. The interior materials just overall less luxurious than in the past. OTOH, they did a really nice job with the updated infotainment system, especially the eye-popping virtual cockpit where you can move navigation over to the screen in front of you, minimizing other data, and leave the regular infotainment screen for audio or other uses. Another thing I didn't like about the new Q5 is that they removed the V6 option unless you want to go for the SQ5 which is a whole lot more expensive and less comfortable. In fact, the normal Q5 now has no engine upgrade option at all. One must go with the less powerful 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. I did like the new double clutch transmission, however. I also cross-shopped the XC-60. It has a gorgeous interior and a lot of nice features. It stayed on my list for a while (along with the Range Rover Velar, which at one point I actually had a factory order for until I test drove the Nautilus). Every car has its strengths and weaknesses, but in the end there were a couple things I didn't like about the Volvo. One is the fact that it has so few physical controls -- moving almost all controls to the big center screen is in fact one of the ways they got such a good looking interior, in a Scandinavian minimalist way. I know a lot of carmakers are going this direction, but I like to be able to turn up or down things like temperature and fan speed, or easily click on or off seat heaters. In the XC-60 to turn down the temperature you need to find and tap the temp icon, then find and tap the down arrow enough times to hit your target temp, then find and tap the X icon to close the screen. I know that you can do a lot of that with voice commands, but I don't always want to be shouting at my car. Another is the engine options. Unlike the Q5 there actually are some, but I worry about the complex way they achieve power. You can get the base 2.0 turbo, or increase power with the double boosted 2.0 with both a turbo- and super-charger attached, which uses 3 different power sources to try (and I found generally fail) to achieve a smooth power band: engine, turbo, super. Or you could go with the top engine option that uses electric motors to power the back wheels and the 2.0/turbo/super combo to power the front wheels. I get that Volvo isn't producing anything with more than 4 cylinders anymore and is transitioning to all electric, but the ICE combos they are using in that transition period are so complex they are asking for maintenance and performance problems, in my view. If you're looking for a basic turbo 4 and don't mind Volvo's new touchscreen-centric interior, however, the XC-60 is a great option.
  14. Gurgeh

    Ask the Nautilus owners!

    I never owned an MKX, though I drove one once as a loaner, but can't really comment much on the comparison. One thing I will note is that talking to the top service tech at my Lincoln dealership (I had an audio problem they had to hunt down and squash with my new Nautilus) it seems there are more subtle and not-so-subtle changes beneath the skin than I expected. When he opened up the doors to get at the speakers and other parts of the interior to get to other audio components he said there was a lot changed from what he was used to with the MKX. 1) We had one of our first warm days here in Maryland recently and, as I don't have garage parking, the seats and interior were pretty warm when I started driving. I turned on the ventilated seats and it seemed to work about as well as in my '16 Q5. I don't ask for the "cooling" function to actually produce cold seats, only get rid of the hot and it did that. I turned off the cooling function after just a couple of miles. The blazing heat and energy-draining humidity of our peak summer temperatures will be a better test, but I think they will work fine for my needs. 2) I haven't noticed a lot of false alarms with the parking sensors. I use the 360 camera a lot in parking, as I get used to the extra width and length from what I am used to with my Q5. I find that if I have to turn sharply into a parking lot entrance because of some dunderhead not leaving me enough room, the sensors will often go off briefly as I have to carefully maneuver over a bit of the curb, but that's all I've noticed. 3) I find the standard seats in the Nautilus more comfortable than the MKX seats. I had test driven the MKX last year when I first started my car search (I needed to get out of my Q5 specifically because the the fairly hard sport seats with high bottom bolsters had become painful to me on long drives), and I had taken the MKX off of my list initially because I didn't find enough improvement in seat comfort. But when I test drove the Nautilus I noticed a marked improvement. See my measurements above in response to Cosmos' question. The quarter inch flattening of the bolsters might not seem like much, but they make a real difference.
  15. Gurgeh

    Ask the Nautilus owners!

    Cosmos, just did the measurement test. At the center I came up with 1.25", further back 1.5" (at the highest point), and toward the front .75". I have standard seats.